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29.10.2017… Aston Villa (h)…

Birmingham City 0 Aston Villa 0

St. Andrew’s… Sunday October 29th… 12pm

Attendance: 24,408

Ticket: £35 – Programme: £3

My first Birmingham derby, a tight game, which Birmingham City probably had marginally the better of. Jota missing a fantastic chance to win it early in the second half…

What did I learn? Blues fans can’t half make some noise, and Villa fans can’t. Although maybe I knew that already…

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Pre-Match: The Players Take the Field…

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Second Half Action: Birmingham Attack…

Birmingham City; Kuszczak, Colin, Morrison, Roberts, Grounds, Kieftenbeld, Davis D; Jota (Boga 82), Ndoye, Adams (Jutkiewicz 90+2), Vassell (Gallagher 45+1)

Not Used; Trueman, Dean, Gardner, Maghoma

Goals; None

Aston Villa; Johnstone, Elmohamady, Chester, Terry, Hutton, Snodgrass (Jedinak 60), Whelan, Hourihane (Davis K 74), Adomah, Onomah, Kodjia (Hogan 81)

Not Used; Steer, De Laet, Samba, Bjarnason

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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07.05.2016… Aston Villa (a)…

Aston Villa 0 Newcastle United 0

Villa Park…… Saturday May 7th… 3pm

Attendance: 33,055

Ticket: £42Programme: £3.50

Five games unbeaten then, but no heart and no fight. We had to win today, based upon this performance, no one would ever have guessed. Down with a whimper, in a ground full of empty seats…

I wasn’t able to get a ticket in the away end, so ended up sat with the Villa fans in the Trinity Road Stand. At least we appeared to give the locals something to smile about, and a chance to air their bedsheets…

And when the match got really dull, you could always pass the time by counting those empty seats…

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Second Half: Newcastle ‘Attack’…

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Post Match: Still Obsessed…

More words to follow, when I can be bothered…

Aston Villa; Bunn, Bacuna, Lescott, Clark (YC), Hutton, Westwwod, Sanchez, Gueye, Toner, Ayew, Sinclair (Hepburn-Murphy 90)

Not Used; Guzan, Richards, Traore, Gil, Lyden, Grealish

Goals; None

Newcastle United; Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett (YC), Tiote (Perez 68), Colback (de Jong 90), Townsend, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Cisse (Mitrovic 52)

Not Used; Shelvey, Janmaat, Taylor, Woodman

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

13.03.2016… Villa v Spurs…

Aston Villa 0  Tottenham Hotspur 2

Villa Park… Sunday March 13th… 4pm

Attendance: 32,393

Ticket: £42 – Programme: £3.50

Another Premier League game as a neutral, well as neutral as I can be when Villa are involved. A Sunday morning trip to Birmingham, Anomalisa (good but bleak) followed by the football (similar from a Villa perspective)…

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Pre-Match: The Approach to Villa Park…

Anyway, an easy victory for Spurs against a Villa side that appear to have already accepted their fate. Two goals from Harry Kane did the trick, one either side of half-time, and made for a very comfortable afternoon…

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First Half Action: Spurs Mount an Attack…

The opposition may not have been up to much but Spurs certainly impressed, a perfect example of the standards we should expect from Newcastle. There’s absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t be able to compete with the Tottenham Hotspur’s of the league. Deep breaths, I’m displaying those unrealistic expectations again…

Aston Villa; Guzan, Huttton, Okore, Lescott, Cissokho, Veretout (Green 62), Westwood, Gueye, Gil (Sinclair 70), Gestede, J Ayew

Not Used; Richards, Clark, Bacuna, Green, Lyden

Goals; None

Tottenham Hotspur; Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose, Dier, Dembélé, Lamela (Chadliat 90), Eriksen (Carroll 78), Alli (Mason 87), Kane

Not Used; Son Heung-min, Vorm, Trippier, Chadli

Goals; Kane (45,48)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

28.02.2015… Aston Villa (h)…

Newcastle United 1 Aston Villa 0

St. James’ Park…… Saturday February 28th… 3pm

Attendance: 51,573

Ticket: £29Programme: £3

Another awful game but three very important points…

If there is a plus side, it’s that we’ve hopefully helped the Vile on their way. I won’t go on and on about why as it’s getting boring, I just want to see them rot. If it came down to an either/or, I’d rather Sunderland stayed up. When we came straight back, large sections of the press underplayed Chris Hughton’s achievement, let’s see if this lot can manage 43k and 102 points…

Nice to see that they’re still being creative with the bed sheets too…

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2.15pm: Inside St. James’ Park

Anyway, I guess I should mention the game for once. The usual unimaginative dross, barely beating the team currently second bottom of the league…

The first half just sort of happened, Villa having marginally the better of it before we scored with our first attack…

The second half wasn’t any better; it’s coming to something when you’re wishing that the game would end so that you can get home. We don’t enjoy anymore, we endure; week after week, month after month, year after year, we endure…

Surely we deserve better than this, or would that suggest those ‘unrealistic expectations’ that we allegedly possess…?

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Second Half Action…

Newcastle United; Krul, Janmaat, Williamson (YC), Coloccini, Haidara (Taylor, R 61), Obertan (Gouffran 78), Abeid, Sissoko, Ameobi, Cissé, Riviere (Pérez 73)

Not Used; Anita, Gutiérrez, Armstrong, Woodman

Goals; Cissé 37

Aston Villa; Guzan, Hutton (YC), Okore, Clark (YC), Lowton (YC) (Bacuna 82), Cleverley (YC), Westwood, Delph, Agbonlahor (YC) (Weimann 73), Benteke, Sinclair (N’Zogbia 66)

Not Used; Sánchez, Gil, Given, Grealish

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…